Roundup·4 mins·02/06/20

Scoodle’s favourite books this month

One of the best things about working at Scoodle is having unlimited access to books (we’re big believers in learning and growing!). Here’s what we’ve been reading – and loving – this month.

Atomic Habits by James Clear

"Atomic Habits helped me lose 25 kilos! It helped me to understand that habits are actually just our day-to-day processes. With this in mind, it provided several insightful strategies and techniques for formulating good habits and breaking down bad ones."

Imdad Ahad, co-founder and CTO

Tiny Habits by Dr. BJ Fogg

"I’ve read quite a few books on building habits effectively. One thing that stood out from this one that’s been a game-changer over the past few weeks is the concept of how any successful behaviour is predetermined by two crucial factors that work together, much like a seesaw: motivation and ability.

If you’re super-pumped to do what you want to do, you’ll be able to do it consistently, no matter how difficult it may be. Whereas when willpower takes a dip — as it does so much more often than not — consistency in something is then dictated almost completely by how easy you make it. So next time you’re feeling lazy, make those 200 press-ups into just 20 or that one hour of language practice into just five minutes. You’ll feel silly not to do it!"

Muntasir Syed, software engineer

Chart tracking habits on a journal

Predatory Thinking: A Masterclass in Out-Thinking the Competition by Dave Trott

"I was recommended this book by someone who knew me well and said I’d enjoy it. They weren’t wrong. As a designer, I can relate to almost all of the short stories, even though they don’t specifically relate to my industry. My favourite is the one about the branding presentation for Gü. If you’ve read it, you know. And if you haven’t, I won’t spoil it for you."

Brad Wallington, senior designer

Give and Take by Adam Grant

"Conventional wisdom has it that ‘good guys finish last’, but this book shows why givers are life’s most successful winners. In it, we learn how givers succeed in a way that creates a ripple effect. I love the practical actions Adam Grant shares at the end, especially the idea of a Reciprocity Ring. What could we achieve if groups of people connected each week for 20 minutes, to make requests and help one another fulfil them?"

Hayley Ard, marketing manager

Hand giving a paper heart to another hand outstretched

Eleven Rings by Phil Jackson

"I recently re-read Eleven Rings, Phil Jackson’s biography. I bought it mostly for sports stories around Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, but what stood out were his thoughts on spirituality and mental strength, which he developed in his time as a player in the 70s and applied in the 90s and 00s as a coach to win 11 NBA championships."

Rasheed Wihaib, software engineer

Invisible Women by Carolina Criado Perez

"I recently read this book mainly because I had fallen victim to the hype surrounding it as a stereotypical Gen Z woman (sigh). Luckily, Invisible Women proved to be worth the hype in no time at all. In the first few chapters, the author already opened up a new perspective on the world that I had never previously considered, and did it in a way that was funny, gripping and sarcastic.

The book reconciles a harsh reality with our day-to-day lives, and allows the reader to empathise with those who feel the sting of the ‘male-unless-otherwise-indicated’ category much more than I have, for example. The book was, overall, an enjoyable and enlightening way of grounding myself in our current society, bringing me a little closer to making informed choices without forcing me to pick sides. Would recommend it to anyone!"

Cat Carrion Sierra, community associate

Wall with "for women" written across it, with a young girl smiling in front

Mastery by Robert Greene

"This book studies people throughout history who were masters of their craft. Greene goes deep into the work ethic and mindset of what sets these people apart and how to apply it to your life — it’s very practical. Reading this book in my teens made me realise that masters are not born, but self-created. And if they could do it, so could I.

Mujavid Bukhari, co-founder

How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie

"It’s not as sad as it sounds. It’s also pretty popular. But, the importance of relationship building (and growing) is the single most important thing I’ve learnt as a founder."

Ismail Jeilani, co-founder and CEO

What are you reading? Send us your recommendations over on Twitter @ScoodleApp.